Heavier Police presence over Memorial Day Weekend

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Police departments across the valley are on high alert as they patrol the streets this Memorial Day.

Our Adriana Candelaria caught up with the Palmview Police.  She tells us the two things a special unit within their department is looking for.

This Memorial Day weekend is unique for the Palmview Police Department.  It’s the first time they have a special unit dedicated solely to enforcing traffic laws and investigating crashes.

“Last night, our officers with the CITE unit, as you can see here, they encountered several people drinking and driving and they pulled them over.”

The Crash Investigation and Traffic Enforcement Unit launched in April of this year.

The police officers involved in the unit work mainly the afternoon and night shifts. You might not be able to tell at first glance when they’re patrolling the streets. They use these black Chargers that help them mix in with regular traffic.

“These guys especially, they do emphasize a lot on the traffic law and it being Memorial Day Weekend they’re out there constantly looking for people drinking and driving.”

Right now not only are CITE Officers looking for drunk drivers, they’re also keeping an eye out to make sure you’re buckled up. This is a part of the Click It or Ticket Campaign.

“Within the past couple of years we’ve been participating in such things. This year should be a little different now that we have a specialized traffic unit out there so I know these guys are also out there enforcing that as well.”

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, driving without your seatbelt on could cost you $200 including a ticket, risk fines, and court costs.

Officer Ruiz says to make sure you have a designated driver if you are planning on drinking during the holiday.  He says this is a strategy he’s seen people in Palmview practice.  It can save your life and the life of those around you.

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